ICE sued for info about use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids

A non-profit group of lawyers is suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in federal court for failing to release records of its use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids and joint operations with local law enforcement, Law360 reports. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild represent immigrants involved in deportation proceedings, and has asked the court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to disclose information about handheld devices, which can reportedly identify

Judge takes issue with Facebook motion to dismiss Illinois privacy lawsuit

Facebook’s bid to have a lawsuit filed against it under Illinois’ biometric privacy law thrown out seems unlikely to succeed after the district court judge took issue with the company’s claim that consumers were unharmed by its practices, Bloomberg reports. A lawyer for Facebook argued Thursday in San Francisco that the plaintiffs have not shown they were harmed, and therefore the case should not proceed, while a lawyer for the plaintiffs countered that the collection of biometric data without consent

Crossmatch settles patent infringement lawsuit against Integrated Biometrics

Crossmatch has agreed to settle a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in May 2017 against Integrated Biometrics, LLC related to alleged infringement of Crossmatch patents 9,280,695; 7,203,344; 7,277,562 and 6,483,932. Crossmatch will grant a royalty-bearing license payable by Integrated Biometrics based on its past and future sales. According to the settlement agreement, the parties are requesting that the District Court dismiss with prejudice all claims brought by Crossmatch against Integrated Biometrics.

Chicago area supermarket facing multiple lawsuits over employee fingerprint scanning

Chicagoland supermarket chain Mariano’s is facing multiple lawsuits that allege the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by requiring employees to submit their biometrics data without consent, according to a report by Supermarket News. Court records reveal that just one of the cases alone could result in $10 million in damages. Mariano’s is a banner used by Kroger Co. subsidiary, Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. Plaintiffs in individual class action cases, Norman Baron and Thomas Doporcyk, each claim that

GTL’s biometric security patent deemed valid, paves way to request restart of $100M infringement lawsuit

Global Tel*Link (GTL) announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) validating all claims of GTL patent 7,853,243, which paves the way for GTL to request a Texas Federal judge to restart a $100 million infringement lawsuit against Securus Technologies. The move comes more than seven months after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of Securus Technologies regarding GTL’s patent invalidation

Intercontinental Hotels employees file class action over fingerprint use

Plaintiff employees of the Intercontinental Hotel Group have filed a class action lawsuit against the hotel chain over claims that it wrongly collected and used their fingerprints and other biometric information, violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), according to a report by Cook County Record. In late June, plaintiff Eric Zepeda filed a putative class action lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against IHG and its subsidiary, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, stating the hotel chain should

Google denied immediate appeal to ruling in face recognition suit

A federal judge has denied a request by Google to immediately appeal his ruling in a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company’s facial recognition technology violates an Illinois privacy law, according to a report by MediaPost. The decision comes a few months after a putative class of consumers said that Google could not stay proceedings to appeal parts of U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang’s refusal to dismiss the biometric privacy violation claims. Based on the judge’s order, Illinois residents

Lawsuit alleges supermarket chain violated Illinois’ biometrics info privacy law

Employees at Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. have filed a class action suit alleging that the supermarket chain violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), according to a report by HRDive. The lawsuit claims the company’s practice of obtaining and storing employees’ fingerprints for timekeeping purposes does not meet adhere to the state’s BIPA requirements. Illinois’ BIPA requires employers to notify workers that their biometric data is being collected and retained, inform workers in writing the purpose and timeframe of collecting data,

Integrated Biometrics says Crossmatch lawsuit is aimed at stagnating rapid growth

Integrated Biometrics released a statement stating that it believes a recent patent infringement lawsuit filed by Crossmatch against the company is a “frivolous and tactical strategy by Crossmatch to slow Integrated Biometrics’ rapid growth and presence in the biometrics market”. Earlier this month, Crossmatch filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that Integrated Biometrics’ FBI-certified scanners infringe Crossmatch patents 9,280,695; 7,203,344; 7,277,562 and 6,483,932. Integrated Biometrics said in the statement that it

Crossmatch sues Integrated Biometrics; alleges patent infringement [Update: IB comments]

Crossmatch has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Integrated Biometrics. According to the complaint, Integrated Biometrics’ FBI-certified scanners infringe Crossmatch patents 9,280,695; 7,203,344; 7,277,562 and 6,483,932. The patents cover core functionalities of fingerprint scanners, including auto-capture, print error detection and capturing roll prints. Crossmatch is seeking a variety of relief from the court including a permanent injunction prohibiting Integrated Biometrics’ sale of infringing products, as well as monetary damages, including treble